Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heavily ornate style of furniture, architecture, and decoration that was developed in France in the middle of the 1800s.

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  • noun the imperial government of Napoleon III in France from 1852-1870

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Second Empire, the reign of Napoleon III, the next empire after that of Napoleon I.]

Examples

  • Today, after entering and passing under the clock, visitors walk the length of Orsay's colossal cofferred nave with its central allée of sculpture and flanking galleries of Second Empire decorations and mid-19th-century art.

    New Visions Arrive at the Orsay

  • The Second Empire had lost its will,and even its self-respect.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • The Second Empire had lost its will,and even its self-respect.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • The Second Empire had lost its will,and even its self-respect.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • The Second Empire had lost its will,and even its self-respect.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • The Second Empire had lost its will,and even its self-respect.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • Look at what the Second Empire had done for France.

    Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard

  • It was she who in the last years of the Second Empire had taught him bezique in all its varieties -- Japanese, Chinese, etc.

    Parisian Points of View

  • Their Budapest, the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s second city after Vienna, had the air of Paris under the Second Empire—and shared its grandiose aspirations.

    Enemies of the People

  • Their Budapest, the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s second city after Vienna, had the air of Paris under the Second Empire—and shared its grandiose aspirations.

    Enemies of the People

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